New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., along with Bishop Fernando Rodriguez, president of the Latin American Chaplains Association, an international not-for-profit organization of clergy headquartered in the Bronx, were joined today by more than 35 of the borough’s clergy and community leaders to announce a major relief effort for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
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“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.
State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. has asked Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger to immediately commission an independent forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“Today’s vote in the New York City Council regarding the Armory should clearly send forth the message that the Bronx is pro-business,” said New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. “We know the importance of business in creating jobs and fueling the economy. The Armory vote outcome must not deter us from developing responsible projects that will yield opportunities and benefits for poor, low-income and working families.”
"The new school governance reform package will hold New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accountable for the performance of the city's public school system, but equally and most important it will allow greater parental involvement in their children's education, increased curriculum oversight and strengthened role of superintendents, and decision-making input at the school level by principals and parents on such issues as academic programs, transportation, school safety and nutrition,” Majority Leader Espada said: “It will a
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State Senate Majority Conference Urges City to Improve School Governance
(New York, NY) State Senate leaders joined dozens of parents from acrossthe city on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor Bloomberg to supportlegislation that would include parental involvement and training.
Statement by State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (DEMOCRAT-Bronx) I am honored to accept the Office of President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate. I have taken these actions on behalf of the people I represent in the 33rd district in the Bronx and the nearly 20 million residents of New York State. Let me first make it clear that I remain a staunch, reform Democrat. I have not switched parties.
from State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx), Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community DevelopmentPress Contact:Steve Mangione914-403-4072 (cellular)FOR IMMEDISTE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009Senate Passes Espada Bill That Continues Financing of Affordable Housing in the Bronx and Other Boroughs
State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx), today won favor, and a standing ovation, with the Working Families Party, ACORN and several other tenant advocacy groups when he unexpectedly dropped in on their Albany press conference-rally and announced that major legislative initiatives that protect Mitchell Lama, New York City Housing Authority and rent regulated tenants -- including proposed legislation that would repeal vacancy decontrol -- will be acted on before the current legislative session is over.
The late music impresario Ralph Mercado, whose worldwide introduction of the popular New York music known as “salsa” single handedly transformed the Latin music industry, and who launched the careers of powerhouses Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, La India, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and many others, will be honored posthumously at a Tribute and Memoriam Breakfast where his wife, Mrs. Cynthia Mercado, will be presented with a New York State Senate Proclamation by Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx).
NEW YORK—Thursday, April 2, 2009—The board of the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) today approved $1.975 million in grants to create and renovate 82 affordable housing units in New York State.
"These grants will help create and rehabilitate much needed affordable housing for working families both upstate and downstate," said Governor David A. Paterson. "These actions demonstrate that we are committed to making New York State a better place to live and work despite the difficult economic climate."
Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (D-Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens), announced a Senate Majority-led sweeping jobs initiative designed to create nearly 123,518 new jobs statewide as part of this year's state budget. The initiative includes the state's first large-scale employment program in decades, targeting low-income residents. The initiative also uses federal stimulus money to create new infrastructure and "green" jobs, and puts more police officers on neighborhood streets.
Growing up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx at a time when so-called rent protections contributed in no small part to the blight that made the borough the poster child for urban decay, is why I am advocating a measured, conscientious and deliberative approach to the rent law debate in Albany.
Representatives of city agencies, firefighters’ unions, and tenant, landlord and housing advocacy organizations, including New York City Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, today painted a frightening picture of the unsafe and illegal practice of partitioning apartments with drywall in buildings and private homes throughout the five boroughs. Their testimony on the issue came at a public hearing held by the New York State Senate Committee on Housing.
A group of ordinary women that includes entrepreneurs, public school educators, civic activists and public servants were feted for their achievements and contributions to youth, elderly and the Bronx community when they received "Women of Distinction" proclamations and awards from State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx) in celebration of Women’s History Month. The ceremony took place at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Bronx Library Center, Auditorium, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY